AFCEA International Chapter News
ATLANTA CHAPTER CHAPTER - Dec 15, 2020

Chapter Supports Operation Holiday Block Leave 2020

In December, Santa Claus and members of the chapter volunteered to support Operation Holiday Block Leave. They provided much needed and welcomed help to the staff of the United Service Organization (USO) Region IV office, located at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The chapter also provided a variety of pastries and treats as soldiers spent a little layover time on their trip home for the holidays. Members wished a safe and Merry Christmas to over 2,500 military members from Fort Gordon's Communications Center of Excellence. The pictures show the volunteers providing snack treats to the troops as they headed to their boarding gates. In addition to the "goodie bags", the team worked to provide travel information, a quick bite to eat in the USO lounge, and welcomed returning troops from other parts of the country. The USO and the chapter have collaborated to support this event for over two decades.

Event Photographs:

Sgt. First Class Chuck Schara, Santa, and chapter
Sgt. First Class Chuck Schara, Santa, and chapter "elves," including Paul Wertz, chapter president, and Chris Bloor, participate in the USA's Holiday Block Leave and the Region IV United Service Organization handing out Christmas snacks to thousands of Fort Gordon troops as they transit through the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Fort Gordon Communications CoE students pick up their goodie bag treats on the way to their departure gates. Mary Lou Austin (center r), director of Region IV United Service Organization, chats with Sgt. Chuck Schara, Fort Gordon.
Fort Gordon Communications CoE students pick up their goodie bag treats on the way to their departure gates. Mary Lou Austin (center r), director of Region IV United Service Organization, chats with Sgt. Chuck Schara, Fort Gordon.

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